Windows Server 2003 End of Support: What You Need to Know

Time is running out! End of support for Windows Server 2003 is July, 2015.

It’s like the new Y2K – “Win2K3.” Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015. If your company doesn’t have a plan for migrating or upgrading your WS 2003 resources, it could lead to risking the performance, compliance, and security of your servers. Migrating to the latest Windows Server is a high priority for many businesses that want continued support & security, but it can be a difficult undertaking.

So, is it really worth it to migrate/upgrade?

Believe us, it is. Here’s why:

What does End of Support Mean?

No Updates

Microsoft will no longer release or develop any updates after ending support. To put this in perspective—37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under extended support. Imagine what impact 0 updates will have on your infrastructure.

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No Compliance

After support ends, your organization will likely fail to meet most industry-wide compliance standards and regulations. This could result in lost business or dramatically increase the cost of doing business, in the form of high transaction fees and penalties. For example, Lack of PCI compliance could mean that Mastercard and VISA will no longer do business with your organization.

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No Savings

The costs of maintaining your legacy servers can add up quickly. Maintenance costs for aging hardware will likely increase, including added costs for intrusion detection systems, more advanced firewalls, and network segmentation—all simply to isolate 2003 servers. Staying put will likely cost more in the end.
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Good News: Upgrading & Migrating Can Be Easy!

Despite the challenges, however, Win2K3 presents great opportunities for your business – like the chance to upgrade to better software like Windows Server 2012, bolster your on-prem infrastructure, or reinvent your WS 2003 deployments by moving to the cloud. Every business is different. No one solution fits all, but with the right partner to help you, it can be easy to determine the perfect migration plan that also invests in the future of your enterprise.

Who Can Help Migrate?

Sysgain is recognized for its expertise in cloud migration and support, and has been selected as one of the few trusted AWS partners for migrating workloads from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008/2012 on AWS.

Visit our website to learn more about what End of Support for WS 2003 and Migration could mean for your business.